Posted on 03 Oct 2017 in sca eventsfu woodward's eventArtist TalkEventFilm ScreeningGallery Exhibition

Walid Raad & Jalal Toufic

Audain Visual Artist in Residence Program

10 October 2017 – 09 December 2017, 12:00am
TBA, SFU Goldcorp Centre for the Arts, 149 West Hastings Street, Vancouver BC

Walid Raad & Jalal Toufic

This fall the School for Contemporary Arts and SFU Galleries are hosting Walid Raad and Jalal Toufic, contemporaries whose art and writing are, almost uncannily, aligned. Walid Raad was AVAIR in Fall 2016 and returns to present his exhibition Sweet Talk: Commissions (Beirut 1994) in Audain Gallery. Jalal Toufic will present a series of lectures and screenings, his first in Canada.

The works of Raad and Toufic destabilize narratives of history by way of fictive philosophical and logical constructions that fold time. Each artist’s work engages a divergent range of topics, but repeatedly returns to query the history of Lebanon and its civil wars. Always eschewing a positivist reading, their works ask us to consider the form, logic and conditions of the question as to how violence affects bodies, minds and culture.

Fiction has to reveal to us the anomalous, labyrinthine space-time of ruins; and, in case no ruins subsist for the ghost to appear, to supplement reality as a site of return of the revenant. In postwar countries, fiction is too serious a matter to be left to “imaginative” people.

–Jalal Toufic, Ruins, 2010.

Walid Raad was born in Chbanieh, Lebanon and works in New York where he is Professor of Art in The Cooper Union. Solo exhibitions include the Louvre, Paris; Museum of Modern Art, New York; Kunsthalle Zurich; Whitechapel Art Gallery, London; and Hamburger Bahnhof, Berlin. His works have been shown in Documenta, Venice Biennale, Whitney Biennial, Sao Paulo Bienale, Istanbul Biennial, and Homeworks. He is a member of the Home Workspace Program in Beirut and The Gulf Labor Coalition.

Jalal Toufic is a thinker and a mortal to death. He was born in 1962 in Beirut or Baghdad and died before dying in 1989 in Evanston, Illinois. His books, a number of which were published by Forthcoming Books, are available for download at his website. And his videos are available for viewing at: He, along with artists and pretend artists, was a participant in the Sharjah Biennials 6, 10 and 11, the 9th Shanghai Biennale, the 3rd Athens Biennale, and “A History: Art, Architecture, and Design, from the 1980s Until Today” (Centre Pompidou). In 2011, he was a guest of the Artists-in-Berlin Program of the DAAD; and in 2013–14, he and Anton Vidokle led Ashkal Alwan’s third edition of Home Workspace Program, based in Beirut. He has been the director of the School of Visual Arts at the Lebanese Academy of Fine Arts (Alba) since September 2015.

Co-presented by SFU School for the Contemporary Arts' Audain Visual Artist in Residence Program and SFU Galleries, with the Vancouver Art Gallery and Western Front.


The Audain Visual Artist in Residence program brings artists and practitioners to Vancouver who have contributed significantly to the field of contemporary art and whose work resonates with local and international visual art discourses. The visiting artists interact with the students and faculty of the School for the Contemporary Arts as well as the broader visual arts and cultural communities and the community-at-large. In keeping with the experimental nature of the School for the Contemporary Arts the terms of engagement are open and change from artist to artist. The cornerstone of the residency is the sharing of artistic research. The Audain Foundation Endowment Fund generously funds the program.

Walid Raad in Conversation with Jayce Salloum on Beirut
Tuesday, October 10, 7pm
Djavad Mowafaghian World Art Center, SFU Vancouver

Walid Raad Opening Reception
Wednesday, October 11, 6 - 9pm
Audain Gallery

Walid Raad Artist Talk
Wednesday, October 11, 7 - 8pm
Djavad Mowafaghian World Art Center, SFU Vancouver

Scrivener's Monthly: Jalal Toufic on "The Dancer's Two Bodies"
Thursday, October 12, 7pm
Western Front, 303 E. 8th Ave.

Screening and Discussion of a Trilogy of Videos by Jalal Toufic and Graziella Rizkallah Toufic
Saturday, October 14, 8pm
Djavad Mowafaghian Cinema, SFU Vancouver

Jalal Toufic on "The Withdrawal of Tradition Past a Surpassing Disaster" 
Tuesday, October 17, 7pm
Djavad Mowafaghian World Art Center, SFU Vancouver

Book Launch and Talk for Jalal Toufic's What Was I Thinking (Sternberg Press, 2017)
Wednesday, October 18, 3pm
Vancouver Art Gallery, 750 Hornby St.

Exhibition Tour with Curator Melanie O'Brian in Dialogue with Art Historian Jeff O’Brien 
Saturday, November 18, 2pm
Audain Gallery (part of a downtown exhibition tour with the CAG at 3pm)

Screening of Jayce Salloum's This is Not Beirut (There Was and There Was Not), 1994 and Walid Raad and Jayce Salloum’s Talaeen a Junuub (Up to the South), 1993
Wednesday, November 22, 7pm
Djavad Mowafaghian Cinema, SFU Vancouver

Image Credit: Left: Walid Raad, Sweet Talk: Beirut (Commissions)_1992 (detail), 1992. Black and white photograph. © Walid Raad. Right: Jalal Toufic, How to Read an Image Past a Surpassing Disaster no. 5 (detail), 2010. © Jalal Toufic.


Posted on 25 Oct 2017 in sca eventPresentation

SCA Friday Colloquium

with Ker Wells and Brian Postalian

27 October 2017 – 27 October 2017, 1:00pm
4th Floor, room 4390, SFU Goldcorp Centre for the Arts, 149 West Hastings Street, Vancouver BC

SCA Friday Colloquium

Ker Wells - Theatre maker, director, actor

A graduate of the acting program at The National Theatre School of Canada (1988), Wells was a founding member of Primus Theatre, under the direction of Richard Fowler, at the time an actor with Eugenio Barba’s Odin Teatret. With Primus, Wells trained, performed and taught across North America and Europe, creating indoor performances, radio dramas, and outdoor parade spectacles. In 1998, he co-founded Number Eleven Theatre, with whom he created and directed Icaria, The Prague Visitor, and The Curious History of Peter Schlemihl. Other original performance works include the two-person The Confessions of Punch and Judy, and Living Tall, which have toured widely in North America and to Europe. His solo performance Swimmer (68) premiered in Toronto in June, 2011. Also in 2011, Wells directed Exilio My Life as Bolaño, created with U.S. and Mexican artists in Guadalajara, Mexico. Struck, a devised performance he created with New York’s NACL Theatre, premiered in Cleveland in Spring 2013, and played at HERE Arts in NYC in December, 2013. In the summer of 2014 he was a guest artist and stilt director and performer in The Weather Project, NACL Theatre’s large-scale community arts performance about climate change, presented at the community baseball field in Yulan, NY in August, 2014.

Wells received his MFA in 2013 in the York University/Canadian Stage Direction program, and directed two productions in Canadian Stage’s 2013/14 season; Macbeth in Toronto’s High Park and Sarah Berthiaume’s The Flood Thereafter. Wells has been a returning guest faculty member at the National Theatre School of Canada, the Humber College School of Performing Arts, and The Contemporary Opera Lab at the University of Manitoba.

Other teaching work in 2015/16 includes guest teaching at the National Theatre School of Greenland, and in the coastal Labrador communities of Nain and Hopedale. Upcoming directing work includes the dance theatre piece Performances May Be Permanent with Kate Story and Bill Brennan (premiere at Neighbourhood Dance Festival in St. John’s NF, Sept. 2015), and This is Not A Conversation with Itai Erdal and Dima Alansari for The Elbow Theatre Society (workshop presentation at the Impact Festival, Kitchener-Waterloo, Sept. 2015).

At SCA Wells teaches acting and directing, with a specialization in physical and devised theatre and original creation.

Brian Postalian - MFA Candidate / Theatre Director / Performance Creator

"I create whimsical and visually imaginative work based in personal history and trauma. I'm always asking about how we connect to each other in a shared space."
Brian Postalian (Բրայն Փոսթալյան) is an interdisciplinary performance creator born and raised in Toronto by way of Armenia, Ireland, Wales, and the Czech Republic. He frequents used book stores, rides bicycles, takes photos and is learning how to draw and play the duduk. Brian is the founding Artistic Director of Re:Current Theatre.

Next week: Sabrina Schroeder & Jennifer Anderson

Fridays, 1:00 PM - 2:30 PM
GCA 4390 (Fourth Floor Fish bowl)

Meet your colleagues at the School for the Contemporary Arts in this informal weekly series sharing the latest arts-based research by SCA faculty, graduate students and staff.

Ever wondered what everyone's doing when they're not at school? Bring a brown bag lunch and get to know a different side of your professors, TA's, and SCA support team.

Hear about international research, award-winning projects, and some of our SCA community's intriguing other lives as stilt-walking instructors, underground record store operators, digital horn players and (much) more.

Each twenty minute presentation will be followed by an open conversation where you can ask all your most probing questions.

Everyone is welcome. Bring your lunch or your post-lunch coffee.

The Friday Colloquium is a series of presentations and conversations on Friday afternoons where faculty, staff and current graduate students share their research in short 20 minute presentations. The goal of the series is to open a dialogue and to foster a better understanding of the research interests of faculty, students and staff